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Special Issue "Vaccination Effectiveness, Attitudes and Adherence among Women"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 3023

Special Issue Editors

Department of Health Promotion, Maternal and Infant Care, Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties (PROMISE) "G. D'Alessandro", University of Palermo, Via del Vespro 133, 90127 Palermo, Italy
Interests: vaccine effectiveness; vaccine efficacy; vaccine acceptance; knowledge; attitude and practice on vaccination; socio-cognitive models and vaccine acceptance; health belief model and vaccination; health action process approach and vaccine; protection motivation theory model and vaccination; influenza vaccine acceptance; HPV vaccine acceptance; rotavirus vaccine acceptance; DTP vaccine acceptance; anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccine acceptance; vaccination acceptance in healthcare workers; vaccination acceptance in at risk people; vaccination acceptance in adolescent; vaccination acceptance in parents; active call interventions for vaccines; vaccination and serology response; vaccination and cellular-immunity mediated response; anti-SARS-CoV-2 and B memory response; anti-SARS-CoV-2 and T memory response
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Dear Colleagues,

Vaccination is one of the most important public health measures that have contributed in past centuries to improve duration and quality of life. Vaccination adherences, however, are under recommended levels to reduce the spread of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) in several countries worldwide.

Vaccination coverage rates are low due to misconceptions or doubt regarding the effectiveness and safety of vaccines, causing the “so-called” phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy. This phenomenon involves at least 15% of the general population, including women, as evidenced by one of the first vaccines which was developed to prevent a typical female cancer, human papillomavirus, and showed, particularly in Western Countries, a decreasing confidence and adherence. Furthermore, during the last decade, vaccination against influenza and pertussis among pregnant women has been one of the most important public health topics, demonstrating high efficacy and contributing to meet the concerns of vaccination safety.

This special Issue aims to improve and enrich the international literature data on vaccination effectiveness, attitudes, and adherence among women and on strategies that can contribute to reduce vaccine hesitancy and improve vaccination coverages.

Manuscripts related to vaccines administered mainly to infants, adolescents, pregnant woman, adults, elderly, high-risk categories of women (due to comorbidities and personal risk factors) and healthcare workers are welcomed in this Special Issue.

Also accepted are manuscripts on the topic of vaccination access for women of any target (such as sexual workers, prisoners, residents in long-term care facilities, etc.) and socioeconomic status, in order to assess the inequality in access to health services, such as preventive services, and the possible contrast of Public Health measures.

This Special Issue encourages the submission of original articles, systematic reviews or meta-analyses, short communications, and other types of manuscripts that can improve knowledge on vaccine effectiveness, right attitudes, and strategies that can increase vaccination adherence among women.

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Casuccio
Dr. Vincenzo Restivo
Dr. Claudio Costantino
Guest Editors

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  • vaccination
  • vaccine effectiveness
  • vaccination attitudes
  • maternal immunization
  • women vaccination
  • high-risk categories
  • vaccine hesitancy

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Case Report
Passive Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 at Birth Induced by Vaccination in the First Trimester of Pregnancy
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(23), 12789; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312789 - 03 Dec 2021
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As is well known, the COVID-19 infection is affecting the whole world, causing a serious health, social and economic crisis. The viral infection can cause a mild or severe illness, depending on how effectively the virus is countered by the immune system. In [...] Read more.
As is well known, the COVID-19 infection is affecting the whole world, causing a serious health, social and economic crisis. The viral infection can cause a mild or severe illness, depending on how effectively the virus is countered by the immune system. In this context, the position of pregnant women remains rather unknown. The case described here reports the immune response in a woman in good health and in her newborn son, having undergone complete vaccination during the first trimester of her pregnancy. We performed a serological assay, measuring IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, by a fully automated solid phase DELFIA (time-resolved fluorescence) immunoassay in a few drops of blood, collected by a finger-prick and spotted on filter paper. The dried blood spot (DBS) sample we used is the same type of sample routinely used in a newborn screening program test. Such a simple and minimally invasive approach allowed us to monitor both the mother and the newborn soon after birth for their anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG levels. The serological test on the DBS carried out on both mother and newborn revealed the presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies up to 7 months after vaccination in the mother, and already at 48 h of life in the newborn. Full article
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